The Setting Sun


As the sun sinks below the horizon,

Thick darkness covers the sky.
It spreads through the hills
As nature stills
And the light continues to die.
Darkness now reigns over the earth.
Like a king on his lightless throne.
The day long expelled,
And its light withheld,
Night, now stands, alone.
The stars appear, their glory revealed,
And the moon unveils her face.
The earth bathes in light,
And the sky at night
Is mantled with beauty and grace.
But dawn must come at last,
And the night give way to time.
The stars must go,
Their light to show,
When again, the sky, they climb.
For finally, the night must end.
And the day, again, appear.
It brightens the earth
With sounds of mirth,
And a light that’s crystal clear!
P.L

Ron Paul Money Bomb: Lighting up the Cause


Tomorrow, on Friday, March 23, 2012, Ron Paul is holding a money bomb. For long, we Paul supporters have spoken out for our candidate; now we have the chance to back that up with more than words.  The Ron Paul campaign is still alive and well, but it needs all the help of its famously dedicated supporters that it can get.

Again and again this primary season, we have seen how unwavering commitment can triumph over all else.  In county after county, in state after state we have seen that, even in places where Ron Paul does not win the caucus or primary vote, he is still garnering many and sometimes nearly all of the delegates; the thing that will really matter at the Republican National Convention this August.

Here are some interesting facts that have begun surfacing about what has happened, often enough, in this primary season.

In virtually all of the states where the delegates are not bound (meaning that, regardless of the numerical straw poll voting results in that state, the delegates are not required to vote for anybody in particular), Ron Paul has managed to gain half or more of the delegates.  A fact not often mentioned by the media in general when speaking of delegate counts.

Even in some of the states where the delegates are bound to the straw poll results for a certain number of ballots at the national convention, Ron Paul supporters have secured the delegate spots.  This means that if the convention goes past the first ballot, or the second or the third, then these delegates, though originally bound to vote for another candidate, will be freed up to voting for whomever the wish.

In several states (E.G: Iowa, Nevada, but there are also others, to be sure) Ron Paul has managed (in spite of the straw poll results) to secure a majority of the delegates heading into the state conventions.  This means that, if the Paul delegates play their game right, then they are poised to get 100% Paul delegates in these states heading into the national convention.  So, even though Paul did not win the straw poll in these states, he may end up with every single one of the delegates; a big deal, but one not often mentioned by the media.

We are all seeing many headlines now with delegate counts posted; counts which invariably place Mitt Romney in the lead with a large margin, Rick Santorum, coming in at a distant second, Newt Gingrich placing an even more distant third, and finally Ron Paul is shown in fourth, barely even registering in the count.  Well, I am sure many people have, at least briefly, wondered where exactly those numbers come from.  Well the truth is that, for a very large portion of them, it is nothing more than a guess.  What the polling organizations do is they deal out the delegates proportionally to the candidates based on the result of the primary/caucus straw poll in each state; they do this even in the states where the delegates are not bound to the straw poll results.  So, what that means is that these guesses are completely inaccurate when the delegate count differs from the straw poll results, as it has done in several states.  If I were to make an educated (but not calculated) guess on the matter, I would say that the delegate placings were closer to this: Mitt Romney leads, with Ron Paul bringing up a close second.  Rick Santorum comes in a somewhat distant third (most of his wins have been in places where the delegates were unbound and, therefore, Paul would be stealing many of the presumed Santorum delegates), and Newt Gingrich comes in a very distant dead last with very few delegates indeed.

And that guess does not take into account the fact that, if the convention goes past the first ballot, many of the Romney and Santorum delegates will go to Paul, only strengthening his position.

The fact is that the republican nomination is not, by any means, out of our grasp.  If this convention is brokered then, with every ballot, Ron Paul’s chances of winning go up.  And with every donation that comes in, however small, the chances of that happening are raised a little higher.  That is why we need to all pull together and give everything we can to help Ron Paul rocket his way to victory, first at the republican convention in August, and ultimately in the general election in November.  Ron Paul’s fight is far from over, and that is why every one of us should save the date and give as much as we can tomorrow in Ron Paul’s Give Me Liberty Money Bomb.  We have persevered and made it thus far; tomorrow we can show Dr. Paul and his campaign that they can still count on us standing with them as they fight to restore Liberty in our country.

So tomorrow, even in the midst of all of your doings, do not forget to stop, take a minute, and make a contribution to Ron Paul’s campaign.  And even tonight, you can go ahead and go to the below link and pledge the amount you are able to give.  Don’t wait!  Let’s continue working to “Restore America Now”.  Ron Paul for President 2012!

~Oblitus Només

http://pledge.ronpaul2012.com/mbpledge_liberty.html?pid=0322

Chinese Studies: Zhuyin 注音符號 9th Character:ㄍ


Eighth post in the Chinese Studies section.  If you would like to see us add any more information to these posts you’re always welcome to drop us a line!  Now as always, each of our posts is linked back to the previous post through these links: .  So if you’re coming in part way through, go back to number one for some homework.  The bare necessary details are these:

This character is the eighth character in the Zhuyin system. Written asㄍ and pronounced ‘Go.’ almost identically to the English ‘G’.  Derived from the obsolete character 巜 gui/kuai” ‘river’



Again, the take home information is this:
Pronounced: Go
Written
as: 
Pinyin: G

Carry on then~

Chinese Studies: Zhuyin 注音符號 8th Character: ㄌ


 Eighth post in the Chinese Studies section.  If you would like to see us add any more information to these posts you’re always welcome to drop us a line!  Now as always, each of our posts is linked back to the previous post through these links: .  So if you’re coming in part way through, go back to number one for some homework.  The bare necessary details are these:

This character is the eighth character in the Zhuyin system. Written asㄌ and pronounced ‘Lo’, almost identically to the English ‘L’.  Derived from the archaic form of 力 lì.

Again, the take home information is this:
Pronounced: Lo
Written as: ㄌ
Pinyin: L

Carry on then~

Chinese Studies: Zhuyin 注音符號 7th Character: ㄋ


Seventh post in the Chinese Studies section.  It’s been a unpredictable few weeks but we’re still moving forward.  Here’s to predictability and cheerful rainy days.  Hope you’re having a good one today.  If you would like to see us add any more information to these posts you’re always welcome to drop us a line!  Now as always, each of our posts is linked back to the previous post through these links: .  So if you’re coming in part way through, go back to number one for some homework.

This character is the seventh character in the Zhuyin system. Written asㄊ and pronounced ‘No’, almost identically to the English ‘N’.  Pinyin Character: N Derived from 𠄎, the ancient form of 乃 nǎi.



Again, the take home information is this:
Pronounced: No
Written as: ㄋ
Pinyin: N

Here’s to mornings spent, nose in dusty tome, digital style~

Chinese Studies: Zhuyin 注音符號 6th Character: ㄊ


Sixth post in the Chinese Studies section.  Moving right along.  Hope you’re having a good day today.  If it’s bright and chipper, bully for you, but if you’ve already thrown a stapler or two, well, now’s the time to take a breather. – and – What better way to spend your breather than studying Zhuyin?  Right, it is a trick question, silly us.  If you would like to see us add any more information to these posts you’re always welcome to drop us a line!  Now as always, each of our posts is linked back to the previous post through these links: .  So if you’re coming in part way through, go back to number one for some homework.

This character is the sixth character in the Zhuyin system. Written asㄊ and pronounced ‘To’, almost identically to the English ‘T’.  Derived from the upside-down 子 seen at the top of 充.

Again, the take home information is this: Pronounced:to and written as: ㄊ

A very merry study period to you~